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Random Writing Quote:

ďA man who is not born with the novel-writing gift has a troublesome time of it when he tries to build a novel. I know this from experience. He has no clear idea of his story; in fact he has no story. He merely has some people in his mind, and an incident or two, also a locality, and he trusts he can plunge those people into those incidents with interesting results. So he goes to work. To write a novel? No--that is a thought which comes later; in the beginning he is only proposing to tell a little tale, a very little tale, a six-page tale. But as it is a tale which he is not acquainted with, and can only find out what it is by listening as it goes along telling itself, it is more than apt to go on and on and on till it spreads itself into a book. I know about this, because it has happened to me so many times.Ē

--Mark Twain

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Jeff Lyons

http://www.jefflyonsbooks.com

Jeff Lyons is a published author with more than 25 year\'s experience in the film, television, and publishing industries as a writer, story development consultant, and editor. He is an instructor through Stanford University\'s Online Writer’s Studio, and lectures through the UCLA Extension Writers Program, and is a regular presenter at leading writing and entertainment industry trade conferences. He is a regular blogging contributor on major entertainment websites for writers including Stage32, and consults for The Producers Guild of America’s “Power of Diversity Producers Program,” and Film Independent’s  Screenwriting Lab. Jeff has written on the craft of storytelling for Writer’s Digest Magazine, Script Magazine, Writing Magazine (UK) and The Writer Magazine. His book, Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success, is published through Focal Press and is the only book devoted solely to the topic of story and premise development for novelists, screenwriters, and creative nonfiction authors. He will be publishing his second book through Focal Press in 2017, Rapid Story Development: How to Use the Enneagram-Story Connection to Become a Master Storyteller. His fiction is published through Storygeeks Press and can be found at www.jefflyonsbooks.com. Follow him on Twitter @storygeeks.